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Asia | Middle East / Re: WANTED Hamza Bin Laden
« on: August 01, 2019, 07:42:16 AM »
He’s Osama bin Laden’s son, the husband of 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta’s daughter — and now Public Enemy No. 1 to the State Department, which just put a $1 million bounty on him.

Hamza bin Laden is emerging as a powerful key leader of al Qaeda, bringing his father’s cutthroat cachet and a youthful energy to the terror network his dad once led — and prompting US authorities to try to cut him off at the pass.

The State Department this week announced the reward for help in hunting Hamza down, calling him “a specially designated global terrorist” and dangling the cash under its Rewards for Justice program.

Experts say the 30-something militant, once dubbed the “Crown Prince of Terror,” has been groomed for the deadly role his whole life.

“He’s basically born right after al Qaeda is founded, so his life is totally consumed in the establishment, the formation of al Qaeda and the launching of its war against the West and America,” Thomas Joscelyn, of the Washington, DC-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told The Associated Press.

Hamza, one of his father’s estimated 26 children, sought Dad’s approval from a young age and wanted bin Laden to make him the network’s heir apparent.

Described as bin Laden’s favorite son, Hamza grew up in the family’s strict religious compound in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, which was home to more than 60 people, including the relatives of other terrorists who worked with bin Laden.

Speaking exclusively to The Post in 2017, Hamza’s childhood friend, Abdurahman Khadr, said the children were forced to memorize the Koran at the compound’s mosque while their fathers planned terrorist strikes, presumably including those of Sept. 11, 2001.

Hamza was a bit of a rebel, his old pal said.

He loved drinking Coke and spicing up his food with Tabasco sauce — two forbidden Western items.

Hamza was “always trying to sneak stuff in that we weren’t allowed to have,” Khadr said.

Hamza would have been around 12 years old at the time of the 9/11 attacks.

But two months later, Al Jazeera obtained footage of Hamza, wearing a turban and traditional Afghan dress, and three of his brothers handling weapons and picking through the debris of a downed US helicopter — all part of an al Qaeda media campaign.

The footage showed Hamza proudly reciting a poem in Arabic, praising then-Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Still, the elder bin Laden reportedly feared for his son’s safety and wanted to send him away to study after the attacks.

But Hamza begged his dad to let him join the fight and eventually went to Pakistan for terrorist training.

Hamza ended up being reunited with his father in Pakistan after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, sparked by 9/11.

In 2008, an extremist Islamic website published a poem said to be written by the son.

“Accelerate the destruction of America, Britain, France and Denmark,” it read, earning him the “Crown Prince of Terror” moniker.

The son is believed to have been living with his father and mother, Khairiah Saber, one of bin Laden’s several wives, at a secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011, when Navy SEALs carried out the nighttime raid that killed the terror chief.

Also killed in the raid was Osama’s eldest son, Khaled.

Saber, a Saudi-born child psychologist who was reportedly bin Laden’s favorite wife, survived.

Hamza was never found.

According to the State Department, letters seized in the raid indicated the terrorist mastermind was grooming his son to replace him as the leader of the extremist group.

In his first audio message released on the al Qaeda website in 2015, Hamza called for the network’s followers to wage “holy war” on Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv.

“If you think that your sinful crime that you committed in Abbottabad has passed without punishment, then you thought wrong,” he said.

In a propaganda video released May 2017, he called for “lone-wolf” attacks, echoing methods used by ISIS.

At one point, he declared, “We are all Osama.’’

Hamza has vowed to avenge his father’s death, and authorities are particularly concerned that, at a time when al Qaeda’s influence might seem to be waning, he could provide it with a younger convincing voice.

The terrorist organization’s aging leaders — including its current chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, 67 — have struggled to inspire militants around the world, but Hamza has his father’s legacy behind him, analysts note.

Now that ISIS is withering in Syria, US authorities believe this could be the perfect time for an al Qaeda resurgence.

And Hamza is likely the next person at the helm, experts say.

A UN Security Council committee called him “the most probable successor” to the network.

But the question remains: Where is Hamza?

Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that it had revoked his citizenship in November. His father was born in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Osama bin Laden’s wives and surviving children still live there, where they have been granted refuge.

But the whereabouts of Hamza, his wife and their three children remain unclear. He was reportedly married in 2009 in Iran to Atta’s daughter.

Some reports suggest they still live in Iran, guarded by Iranian intelligence and military officials, while some officials think he may be heading to south central Asia.

Either way, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.

“He could be anywhere,’’ a State Department official acknowledged.

US officials had spent a decade hunting his father after 9/11.

Last year, family members urged Hamza not to follow in his father’s footsteps.

In an interview with The Guardian in August, Osama bin Laden’s mother, Alia Ghanem, said, “I don’t want to go through this again.

“When we thought everyone was over this, next thing I knew was Hamza saying, ‘I am going to avenge my father.’

“If Hamza was in front of me now, I would tell him, ‘God guide you. Think twice about what you are doing. Don’t retake the steps of your father. You are entering really negative and horrible parts of your soul.’ ”

Asia | Middle East / Re: WANTED Hamza Bin Laden
« on: August 01, 2019, 07:39:45 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: BALONG Basketball League
« on: July 27, 2019, 11:52:22 AM »
panggaon ning mga tiguwang nga players pareha naho. para ma encouraged nga mo duwa ug balik. tagaan ug daku nga premyo. wa may kaso ning mga batan-on. naay daghang mga liga para nila. mao nga na undang ko ug broadcast sa very hot topic nga WW3 US vs. Iran kay mi bakasyon man ko sa bohol. took a month break kay gilaayan na ko sa trabaho nga naa kanunay sa computer ga sunod sa stock market. went home july 2 and now im back here in the states. arrived yesterday. will relax for a month then go back to bohol by september to play basketbol. at 67 i still can shoot. this is the correct spelling not sIYOT hihihi

Basketball | NBA-PBA / BALONG Basketball League
« on: July 26, 2019, 03:42:12 PM »
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nag sugod na ug dula ang BALONG BASKETBALL LEAGUE. once a week ang duwa. every saturday at the maribojoc gym. once a week lang kay dili na pwede ning mga tiguwang mo duwa kada gabii. ang championship unya sa november 23.

Photos Unlimited / love story
« on: June 29, 2019, 10:18:44 AM »
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Photos Unlimited / Re: 103 yr. old woman runner
« on: June 29, 2019, 01:20:44 AM »

An active centenarian has picked up the gold at the Senior Games for multiple events this week.

Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins of Baton Rouge, La., was competing in the games’ women’s 100 plus division in Albuquerque, N.M., when she completed the 50-meter dash Monday, and reportedly set a new record.

In addition to the 50-meter, the 103-year-old former teacher is also a world record holder in her age group for the 100-meter dash, which she completed in under 40 seconds two years ago, KRQE reported, as well as the 60-meter dash, which she ran in 24.75 seconds.

Though this year, Hawkins competed and completed the 100-meter dash in a little over 46 seconds — winning her division, but not beating her record.

Hawkins, who didn’t start running until age 101, said she prefers training outside in her garden in Louisiana.

“I have an acre of land and I have 50 kinds of trees, and I’m working on them all the time,” Hawkins said to KRQE.

More than just a record holder, Hawkins wants to be an inspiration to other people her age.

“I hope I’m inspiring them to be healthy and to realize you can still be doing it at this kind of an age,” Hawkins said.

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 29, 2019, 01:07:14 AM »
DUBAI (REUTERS) - IRAN said on Friday it had formally filed a complaint to the United Nations against the United States over the violation of its airspace with an unmanned drone shot down by Tehran earlier this month, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

"The complaint was filed to the U.N. Security Council over the aggression against our airspace by the American drone ... the complaint states that Tehran reserves the right to respond firmly if the U.S. repeats the violation," Tasnim quoted deputy Foreign Minister Gholamhossein Dehghani as saying.

Tensions spiked between Tehran and Washington after Iran downed a U.S. military drone on June 20 that it said was flying over one of its southern provinces on the Gulf. Washington said the drone was shot down over international waters.

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 29, 2019, 01:06:10 AM »
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The purported wreckage of a U.S. military drone is seen displayed by the Islamic
Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Tehran, Iran. Tasnim News Agency/Handout

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 26, 2019, 08:55:00 PM »
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In this Jan. 19, 2012 file photo, a plane flies over the mountains in south of the
Strait of Hormuz as the trading dhows and ships are docked on the Persian Gulf
waters near the town of Khasab, in Oman.  (The Associated Press)

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 26, 2019, 08:52:24 PM »
Some Middle Eastern countries that travel through it on a daily basis such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia — frustrated by the limitations — have reportedly attempted to find alternative routes. But the narrow passageway still controls the oil market.

There are several alternative oil pipeline routes to bypass the Strait of Hormuz, but not enough to make up for the amount of oil that transits the Strait.

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), there are three pipelines that could transport oil from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that bypass the Strait: the East-West Pipeline, Abqaiq-Yanbu Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline from Saudi Arabia and the Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline from the United Arab Emirates.

The pipelines are also limited. The East-West Pipeline allows only 1.0 million bpd, while the Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline could take approximately 2.9 million bpd — a small fraction of the bpd that travel through the Strait of Hormuz on a regular basis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 26, 2019, 08:51:53 PM »
The Strait of Hormuz is a tiny strip of water located between the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Iran. It is the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf.

What's it used for?
It is in the territorial waters of Iran and Oman, which at its narrowest point is just 21 miles wide — with shipping lanes about 2 miles wide in either direction. It flows into the Gulf of Oman, where ships can then travel to the rest of the world.

Why is it so important?
It's essentially the gatekeeper to the world's biggest oil players.

Roughly one-fifth of the world’s crude oil is supplied by Gulf countries, which depend on unrestricted travel through the narrow strait, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Persian Gulf oil exporters include Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Those countries transported almost 22 million bpd (barrels per day) of oil through the Strait within the first half of 2018, Reuters reports. Dozens of oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers exit the Persian Gulf through the Strait each day with most of the crude oil and natural gas going to Asian countries. If there is any disruption of oil through the Strait of Hormuz it could drastically affect the global oil price.

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 26, 2019, 08:49:29 PM »
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This map provided by the Department of Defense, Thursday, June 20, 2019, shows
the site where they say a U.S. Navy RQ-4 drone was shot down.  (Department of Defense via AP)

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 26, 2019, 08:48:32 PM »
The tension between the U.S. and Iran has reached a new height resulting in the downing of a U.S. drone by Iran and a possible airstrike that was called off by President Trump at the last minute. Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Iran shot down a U.S. drone over international waters, though Iran claims the U.S. violated their airspace.

Iranian state television released images of what it claimed was a U.S. Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk drone it shot down with a surface-to-air missile.

With the U.S. pulling out of the Iran Nuclear deal combined with crippling sanctions, Iran has made several threats to disrupt the transport of oil through the shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz, prompting Trump to order more military assets to the region.


Here's what you need to know about the Strait of Hormuz and its major influence on the oil industry.

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 26, 2019, 12:04:41 AM »
Mnuchin confirmed he had not coordinated these sanctions with American allies – an unusual approach for a decision as momentous as targeting the leader of a country that, for now, remains locked into the 2015 nuclear agreement with the U.K., China, Russia and other key European allies.

Russia decried the sanctions as "illegal."

Trump has faced criticism for an unclear approach to Iran marked by unspecific demands – warning against its developing a nuclear weapon or killing Americans in the region – and reports of infighting among his closest advisers.

Mnuchin said Monday of Iran, "If they want to come back to the negotiating table, we're ready."

"We look forward to a time in releasing sanctions, if they're willing to negotiate," the secretary said.

Iran has indicated it will never negotiate with the U.S. while sanctions remain in place.

"We consider these sanctions as hostile and in line with economic terrorism," Seyed Abbas Mousavi, a spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, said Monday before Mnuchin announced the sanctions.

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 26, 2019, 12:03:47 AM »
Mnuchin said he will announce sanctions later this week against Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, one of Iran's most public figures who served an instrumental role in crafting the 2015 nuclear agreement brokered by the Obama administration.

The White House decision follows Iran's lashing out at existing, punishing sanctions – including against Qassem Soleimani, the shadowy head of Iran's elite Quds Force – that have crippled the Iranian economy and choked off its ability to sell oil.

It also comes at a time of perceived military escalation between Iran and American assets in the region.

"There's no question that locking up the money worked last time. And locking up the money works now," Mnuchin said from the White House briefing room, shortly after meeting with Trump in the Oval Office.

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 26, 2019, 12:03:05 AM »
THE TRUMP administration escalated its "maximum pressure" campaign against the Iranian regime on Monday by taking the unusual step of sanctioning Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Iran's head of state and spiritual leader of its revolutionary government.

The new sanctions that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced will also target the assets of the senior military leaders responsible for threatening the shutter of the Strait of Hormuz and the commander of Iran's air force, who Mnuchin said was responsible for shooting down an American drone in international waters on Thursday. The secretary's assessment seemed to overturn Trump's assertion last week downplaying Iran's recent behavior, specifically saying that its shooting down a U.S. drone was "a very big mistake" carried out by a "loose and stupid" lower ranking official.

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 26, 2019, 12:01:25 AM »
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The Trump administration announced it would impose sanctions against
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Iran's head of state and
spiritual leader, on Monday. HANDOUT/ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 25, 2019, 11:58:15 PM »
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Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 25, 2019, 11:53:39 PM »
Such rants will have no effect on President Trump because he knows his approach to Iran is working – he has no need to offer Tehran concessions. Trump remains open to talks with Iran to find a diplomatic solution that addresses the full range of threats posed by Iran. If Iran wants to negotiate an end to U.S. sanctions, it will need to agree to significant concessions. The ball is in Iran’s court.

The U.S. presidency is often described as the most difficult job on earth because of the enormous responsibility as the leader of the free world and the requirement of having to make difficult decisions with no easy answers that sometimes may result in the loss of human lives. President Trump has demonstrated with his careful and prudent handling of the threat from Iran how he has excelled at meeting the heavy demands of being America’s commander in chief.

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